Hello again

Before I leave fond memories of Christmas 2022 behind, I have one more set of cards to share. This blog post and video were originally made for the team at Graphic 45 and include full instructions for a set of diamond fold cards that can be used with other papers.

Making Christmas cards is an absolute joy, especially when using the wonderful Warm Wishes collection from Graphic 45.  This quartet of festive cards are based on one of my go-to card folds – the diamond easel card.  This card is a great starting point for beginners or for batch-making cards.  However, by adding a few more steps it is easy to create showstopping cards for the extra special people in your life.


Each card begins with a basic 5”x5” card blank cut down to create a diamond shape. 

Measure and mark 2 ½” along the top edge, the right edge and the bottom edge.

Draw a feint pencil line to create a diamond point.

Using a paper cutter or a pair of scissors – cut away the two triangles to create a diamond-shaped card base.

Use a scoreboard or carefully fold down the 2 ½”. line  (the top mark will meet the bottom mark) on the front of the card.

Next, decorate the card using the elements shown below 


A full tutorial with decorating tips can be viewed on the Graphic 45 YouTube Channel



1 –  5”x5” white card blank cut as shown above

1 – 3 ½” x 3 ½” white card

2 – 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” decorative panels from Warm Wishes 12×12 papers

2 – 2 ¼” x 4 ¾” decorative panels from Warm Wishes 12×12 papers

1 – 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” decorative panel – cut diagonally to create 2 triangles

1 x Warm Wishes Chipboard element to create a stopper

Warm Wishes Ephemera, Stickers and Chipboard to decorate

Decorate the inside of the card first.  Then adhere the 3 1/2 “ x 3 ½” white card topper to the triangle (fold)  on the front of the card.  Remember to glue the square on the lower half of the diamond, before continuing to decorate.

The Warm Wishes 12×12 papers work perfectly with white, kraft and black cardstock.

The Warm Wishes Ephemera makes wonderful toppers and the Warm Wishes Chipboard pieces can be used as toppers to hold the front easel in place on the card.


1 –  5”x5” white card blank cut as shown above

1 – 3 ½” x 3 ½” white card

2 – 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” decorative panels from Warm Wishes 12×12 papers

2 – 2 ¼” x 4 ¾” decorative panels from Warm Wishes 12×12 papers

1 – 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” decorative panel – cut diagonally to create 2 triangles

Warm Wishes Ephemera,  Stickers and Chipboard to decorate

This time, keep the diamond in landscape mode and decorate as for the portrait card above.No stopper is required.

These cards lie flat for posting and fit inside a standard envelope.

The next card makes a great card for the special people in your life.  It is based on the same idea above but this time there is a diamond panel on each end and a large centre panel to add a sentiment.


2 –  5”x5” white card blank with a diamond point on front only

2 – 3 ½” x 3 ½” white card

2 – 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” decorative panels from Warm Wishes 12×12 papers

4 – 2 ¼” x 4 ¾” decorative panels from Warm Wishes 12×12 papers

1 – 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”  decorative panel – cut diagonally to create 2 triangles from Warm Wishes 12×12 papers

1 – 4 ¾” x 4 ¾” decorative panel from Warm Wishes 12×12 papers

1 – Warm Wishes Journalling card – large

Warm Wishes Ephemera,  Stickers and Chipboard to decorate

When making the initial card base – remember to cut the diamond point on the front panel only.  The two square panels are then adhered together to form the main card.  To achieve a clean line – try cutting ¼” away from one of the squares.  Then both cards will sit well together, allowing you to close the card flat.

The Warm Wishes Journalling cards work well, both as sentiments inside the card, and decorative panels, to add your own text on the back of the card.

The final card is a real showstopper and would look great on a festive mantlepiece.


2 –  5”x5” white card blank cut as diamonds and scored down both 2 ½” marks

3 – 3 ½” x 3 ½” white card

3 – 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” decorative panels from Warm Wishes 12×12 papers

6 – 2 ¼” x 4 ¾” decorative panels from Warm Wishes 12×12 papers

1 – 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”  decorative panel – cut diagonally to create 2 triangles

Warm Wishes Ephemera,  Stickers and Chipboard to decorate

The two card bases are created in the same way as card number 2.  Then both sides should be scored down at the 2 ½” mark.  The two centre triangles are folded in and upwards and the centre topper lays flat on both of them.  Full details and tips can be followed in my video on the Graphic 45 YouTube Channel.  

This set of cards is perfect for beginners and more experienced crafters.  By working with one basic card fold, four different cards can be created.  They make wonderful Christmas cards, however, each style can be used throughout the year.

Happy crafting!

Love Elisabeth xx


Take care with the fold lines and use a bone folder if possible.

Use wet glue to stick the toppers to the triangular flaps rather than to the topper.

Take your time when lining up the diamond toppers to the card base – ensuring that the bottom point perfectly matches the card base.

The Double Diamond Fold card and the Triple Diamond Fold card will lie flat for postage – however if adding additional toppers – consider making a matching box to hold these showstoppers into.


WARM WISHES 12X12’ PAPERS COLLECTION PACK – https://g45papers.com/product/warm-wishes-12×12-collection-pack/












To view the full video tutorial


Hello again

Although I create festive cards throughout the year because of tv launches: it is only now that I begin my personal Christmas card-making.

This year, I am recording short videos as I go. This means that if you see a card design you like, you will have a few pointers to get your creative juices flowing. I am at about the halfway mark so allow me to share a few of my recent favourites.

Day 1 – Star card

This is such a simple stamped card but sometimes they make the most striking designs.

Day 4 – Stamped stag card

This is another stamped and masked card – based on an idea from a few years ago.

Day 7 – Teepee card

This year I decided to make mini teepee cards and tie them up with a festive ribbon.

Day 11 – Origami Christmas tree

This set of papers “Let’s Get Cozy” from Graphic 45 has a nordic feel to it so I made a matching fir tree using a great origami technique.

Each of my video tutorials is launched at 5.30pm (UK time) and is saved to a dedicated playlist. This means you can watch as you craft. I have even included a festive sound track for you to listen to in the background.

I would love to hear when you try any of these ideas. Please tag me on social media @elisabethhogarthdesigns

Happy festive crafting

Love Elisabeth xx


Hello again and Happy World Card Making Day 2022!

October 1st is World Card Making Day so let us celebrate this great hobby and be proud of all the cards we create and send. I was fortunate to receive two design team parcels this morning. I opened up the larger box which held a plethora of crafting goodies from the team @Graphic45

12×12 Paper collections

I chose to work with the new Let’s Get Cozy, Cafe Parisian, Home Sweet Home and Little Things. I will create projects for each collection and share the videos on my YouTube channel

Embellishments, Dies and Card Club

In addition, I opted for the Folder and Sentiment dies, Card Club Volume 11, Journalling cards and Ephemera. Everything compliments the 12×12 paper collections.

G45 Brand Ambassador Unboxing

I know how lucky I am to receive these generous packages. I do work hard to create content and share inspiration so that I can show my love of Graphic 45. I know that some of you enjoy the unboxing process which is why I show the products above in an unboxing video.

Card Club Volume 11 – Card 2 – Let it Snow

In addition to the unboxing of the G45 goodies, I decided to celebrate World Card Making Day by trying out one of the card designs from Card Club Volume 11. This was a first for me and it was a great experience and one I shall repeat. The card on the left features Let It Snow. The card on the right features Let’s Get Cozy.

Let’s Get Cozy

I fell in love with the colours and the imagery of this collection immediately. You can see a quick flick through of the papers in the video at around the 17-minute mark. Then I use the z-fold card above to create another holiday card with Let’s Get Cozy.

My latest YouTube video is a great mix of new products, mini card tutorials, and other ways to use your Graphic 45 products. Follow the link below to watch it now. If you enjoy watching then please do like the video, subscribe to my channel and hit the bell for new notifications.

Thank you for being a part of this great card-making journey.

Enjoy your weekend.

Love Elisabeth xx


Hello again

It is sweltering hot in West Sussex so it must be time to take a look at the wonderful Christmas collections from the team at Craft Consortium.

First up is ‘Tis the Season which is the second collaboration with Linsey Kelly. The designs feature traditional images but with a modern-day twist. https://www.craftconsortium.com/product-page/tis-the-season-the-complete-collection

You will see from my cards and projects that the papers and embellishments can be used in a variety of ways.

Fans of Helz Cuppleditch are in for a treat with her tenth collaboration called Candy Christmas.

Candy Christmas is a particularly craftable collection.https://www.craftconsortium.com/product-page/candy-christmas-the-complete-collection

I had a great time crafting with the entire Christmas collection including the new Essential papers. You can see everything and all my projects and top tips in my latest YouTube video.

If you would like to join a Facebook community for fans of Craft Consortium – come and join the Network – https://www.facebook.com/groups/989114164562461

I really hope you enjoy crafting with these brilliant collections as much as I have.

Love Elisabeth xx


Hello again

You may have seen this hexagonal pop-up box card before. I was reminded of it by my crafting friend Karen Watling who shared the design on World Card Making Day in my Facebook group Creative Minds Kind Hearts. https://www.facebook.com/groups/creativemindsiikindhearts

The Voyage Beneath the Sea papers from Graphic 45 lend themselves nicely to this card shape so I decided to see if I could make three different sizes. I used 12×12 card stock around 160 – 180 gsm. A few folds are required so try to pick a lighter weight for construction. My video has a full tutorial and I will explain that the depth of the box can be changed depending on the size of the hexagonal template.


This hexagonal box is based on a die with an edge of 7cm/ 2 3/4″ and will fit into an 8″x8″ envelope


This hexagonal box is based on a die with an edge of 5.5cm/ 2 1/8″ and will fit into a 6 1/2″ x 9″ envelope


This hexagonal box is based on a die with an edge of 5 cm/ 2″ and will fit in a 6″x6″ envelope.

To watch the full tutorial follow the link to my YouTube channel: –

If you would like to connect with other fans of Graphic 45 then join the Facebook Group


Happy crafting!

Love Elisabeth xx


G45 Voyage Beneath the Sea 8″x8″ papers https://g45papers.com/product/voyage-beneath-the-sea-8×8/

G45 Hybrid Inks https://g45papers.com/?s=hybrid+inks

Sisal https://www.cc-craft.co.uk/catalog/product/view/sku/502430?gclid=Cj0KCQjw2_OWBhDqARIsAAUNTTGBJzqdiBVLshFtrSTQDJvU3fX7L_8WWSZw7xg3jCHjwHQKwXSudmsaAvHfEALw_wcB


graphic 45 brand ambassador 2022-2023

Hello again

My season as a Brand Ambassador for Graphic 45 has officially begun. They are an international, iconic paper crafting brand and it has a privilege for me to be a part of their team. On a personal level I have lovingly curated their papers for many years and usually save, and then use them for my personal creations. The imagery evokes strong personal memories for me. My Mama was a crafter and passed her passion onto me. My Pa was an architect and my Grandad was an acrylic painter too. Creativity runs through my veins and I love keeping my family legacy alive.

If you have seen my other cards and craft makes over the years then you will see many similarities in the new creations I make. However, there will be far more personal projects using the Graphic 45 products and personal reflection so you may see another side to me. If you are new to my crafting journey then I really hope you like what you see and will enjoy following me and watching me develop throughout the coming months.

I will begin with a classy collection called Couture. I love it because my parents were born in the 1920s and they grew up with the style and colours depicted in these papers and embellishments.


This began life as a simple mdf tag box. I die-cut the dress-makers mannequin and tried a few basque designs before I was happy. The buttons are tiny red sequins. It was then a matter of building up the layers using the Couture ephemera, stickers and papers. The box will hold one of Mama’s thimbles which you can see in the photo.


Believe it or not, this handbag began life as Covid packaging. I have previously shown how you can adapt it. The peacock paper is wonderful to work with and so in keeping with the era. This is just one of four clean and simple cards. Graphic 45 works with all crafting genres.


This is a 4″x6″ card made for Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. Funnily enough the Tonic stamp is called Ladies Day too. I stamped onto the G45 papers and fussy cut the dress which I then layered onto the main image. I am a big fan of the notecards page in the collection too because they make the perfect instant background.


Every outfit needs a matching handbag and this mini Kensington bag works perfectly with the outfit above.


This is a notebook cover which you would pay good money for in a shop. I often buy cheap notebooks and art journals, and decorate the covers so that the beautiful designs inspire me to work on something new. The notecard worked beautifully with the Dienamix Iron Frame Die from Craft Consortium.


This is a larger style card which I made because I wanted to use the notecards. I embellished the middle one with a complimenting sticker and a Sentiment stamp.


This is a smaller version of the card above and you can see how to make it in my YouTube video, along with all the cards and projects I have shared today.

You will be able to see another of my makes plus a full video tutorial on the Graphic 45 Blog on Monday 20th June. Let the creative fun begin!

Until next time

Love Elisabeth xx






Hello again

As we near the summer holidays, I begin to think of warmer days and trips to the beach. I am fortunate to live near the south coast of England and have views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. I don’t see the creatures depicted in the new collection from Craft Consortium called Ocean Tale but it hasn’t stopped me from admiring the illustrations drawn by Clare Therese Gray, and loving all the elements.

You can see the collection and my many design team projects in my YouTube video. In addition, in today’s blog post I will show you how to make your own version of the card below, using the stamps, papers and embellishments found in the collection.



2 x white cardstock (28cm x 15cm)

Ocean Tale 12×12 papers – patterned papers

Ocean Tale A4 Premium Quality papers

Ocean Tale stamp sets

Ocean Tale washi tape

Ocean Tale silver embellishments

Ocean Tale Iridescent dots

Dienamix cutting dies – Live Laugh Love

Nested circles cutting dies

Versafine Clair Inks – Blue Belle and Pine Cone

Colour Pencils


1. Score both pieces of white cardstock at 7cm/14cm/21cm.

2. Die cut circle (with a plain circle die 9cm diameter) in centre panel of one of these scored pieces of cardstock.  Cut a blue square (14.5cm) from the Premium Quality papers and die cut a (9cm  diameter) circle in the same position as on the white cardstock.  Adhere the blue panel onto the white panel.  Take care to align up the two circular apertures.

3. Cut 4 patterned paper panels (7cmx14.5cm) and stick to the reverse of the second white folded cardstock.  Cut 2 plain blue panels (7cmx14.5cm) and stick to the front side panels – either side of the centre blue panel.  Trim the scene of your choice from the Ocean Tale 12×12 papers.  Cut 4 pieces 7cm in length.  Stick each panel in order on top of the blue panels.  Cut and adhere washi tape at the bottom of each panel.

4. Place the 9cm circle die centrally inside the Dienamix Live Laugh Love die and cut into a darker shade of blue Premium Quality paper.  Carefully fold and cut this die cut in half.  Then place and secure around the circular aperture on the main card.  Taking care not to cover the central fold line.

5. Now take the two main pieces of white folded card and match up the two outer panels then stick them together – back to back.  The centre panels can then be gently squeezed to form an open diamond.

6.  Cut 3 strips of white card measuring 9cmx1cm. Score at 1cm and 8cm.  Fold one tab back and the other forward to create a long z shape.

7. Turn card upside down – with the bottom diamond facing towards you.  Carefully stick the left tab to the base of the front panel.  Stick the right tab to the back of the card.  Repeat three times to make each slat.  Allow to dry.

8.  Stamp, colour and cut out all the required images.  Position the sea creatures on to the tabs with the larger images at the back.  Decorate the side panels and the circular frame.  Do not overload the frame or cover up the central fold line.  To complete the card, embellish with Iridescent Dots and the sentiment of your choice.

9 Create an outer band to hold the card together by cutting a piece of 12×12 patterned paper (40cmx7cm) and gently encasing the card.  Add twine and a silver embellishment to complete the look.


When stamping use Versafine Clair Bluebelle/Pinecone inks rather than black to create toppers that match the colour tones of the papers.

Have a stamping, cutting and colouring session and create more than you need.  This will give you greater scope to create decorative scenes.  Plus, you have more toppers ready to go.

I would love to see your versions of this card style. You can share them in the Facebook group – Craft Consortium Network. https://www.facebook.com/groups/989114164562461/

For more inspiration and to get your Ocean Tale collection – https://www.craftconsortium.com/

Until next time.

Love Elisabeth xx

(to see more of my Ocean Tale creations)


Hello again

I am back today with another new collection from Kanban Crafts which has recently been taken over by Katy Sue Designs. This means that we can combine the papers and peelables that are known to Kanban Crafts fans with the boxes and stepper cards supplied by Katy Sue.

The starting point for my projects was the exquisite 12×12 papers which feature different songbirds perching amongst peach coloured foliage and grey/blue nesting boxes. I must admit to humming the wartime tune “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” which my Mama sang whilst working around the house. I am sorry if you now have that as an earworm!

Nightingale Square launches on Create and Craft TV on Thursday 28th April at 4pm and 8pm – with an additional show on Friday 29th April at 8am. After one week’s exclusivity, you can purchase the collection directly from the Katy Sue website. https://katysuedesigns.com/collections/kanban-crafts

Have a beautiful day

I adapted one of the stepper cards to fit inside a 6×6 pre-scored box. Older Kanban dies were incorporated into the design along with hints of mat gold card.

Two-drawer easel box card

Once the boxes have been made, it is relatively easy to form a paper wallet around them in order to stack them up onto each other. The peelables in the corner of the easel card perfectly finish the design.

A Handbag

The box can also be adapted to create a handbag with matching notelets. This particular one was made with the inside of the Covid packaging!

If you would like to see these projects in greater detail then I would recommend watching my latest YouTube video.

If you would like to connect with other Kanban Crafts/Katy Sue Designs fans then ask to join their Facebook groups

For the Love of Kanban – https://www.facebook.com/groups/216262521885589/

Katy Sue Designs Crafts – https://www.facebook.com/KatySueDesigns/groups

In addition, to hear the latest news from Katy Sue Designs sign up for their blog/newsletter. You might even see me pop up every now and then 😉


Until next time. Happy crafting!

Love Elisabeth xx


Hello again

A few days ago, I received an email from the team at Graphic45 inviting me to be a Brand Ambassador for their 2022-2023 season! I couldn’t quite believe that my name had been included in the list of talented artists but there it was in black and white. I am thrilled and very humbled to think that my cardmaking skills are worthy of this accolade but I will gladly accept the honour.

Within hours of the email announcement, my Let it Bee video had been viewed two hundred times which for a small channel such as mine is really exciting. New subscribers have joined and new friendships are being formed with the other Brand Ambassadors.

I thank you for following me on my crafting journey thus far and I hope you will carry along the crafting road with me, over the next few months too.

Today, I would like to share a selection of cards that I created, with memories of my Pa. He would be 101 years old in June. Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England: he returned home from WW2 and studied to become an architect. The Graphic 45 collection “Catch of the Day” would have appealed to him because he loved to be by the sea and the sketch drawings could have been drafted by him. Although, he designed buildings not boats!

Catch of the Day

This pre-made stepper card (from Katy Sue Designs) is perfect for building up a scene. The imagery within the G45 collection is simply stunning and makes it easier to create stylish male cards.

Adventure Awaits

This teepee card is so effective and easier to make than you think. This card will be for my son Ben, who this summer, graduates from university as a Graphic Designer.

Sail the Seas…

This triangular pop-up card would have been perfect for my Pa. The lighthouse scene and the navy blue sketched illustrations would have made him smile.

If you would like to see more of these cards and learn how to make the triangular pop-up card, then watch my latest YouTube video.

Until next time.

Love Elisabeth